Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Four steps to reduce diabetes risk - CNN.com

Four steps to reduce diabetes risk - CNN.com

Half of all Americans may be diabetic or prediabetic by 2020, a report from an insurance company warned Tuesday. That's an even bleaker projection than the Centers for Disease Control's recent estimate that one in three Americans would have diabetes by 2050.

Current rates show that about one in 10 Americans has diabetes, and the risks increase with age. Even children and teenagers are developing type 2 diabetes.

A report released this week by UnitedHealth Group showed that treating diabetes will also take up almost 10 percent of all health care spending. That 10-year price tag: $3.35 trillion.

4 keys to managing diabetes: How do you rate?
Genetics, race and family history affect a person's chances of developing diabetes, but you can take steps to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.

1. The most important thing: Lose weight
2. Watch your food's quality and quantity
3. Find support
4. Act now, before you're diabetic

"If you don't want to have diabetes and end up monitoring blood sugar, taking pills and insulin, this is the time to act," Krikorian said. "Stay active, lose weight and prevent getting the diabetes. It is preventable."

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